Best Ho­tel: Dis­ney’s Old Key West Re­sort


WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY JESSI KIM­BLE

You might re­mem­ber Dis­ney’s Old Key West as one of the very first Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club Re­sorts. But did you know that any­one re­gard­less of whether you’re a DVC mem­ber or not can book their va­ca­tion there? Well, I’m happy to say that YOU can book your dream Walt Dis­ney World va­ca­tion and stay at this beau­ti­ful Re­sort! De­signed af­ter Florida’s own Conch Keys, you’ll find plenty ar­eas to play and re­lax at this sprawl­ing Re­sort! If you love Florida, you’ll eas­ily fall in love with Old Key West.

Think pas­tel col­ors, wa­ter­front shop­ping, and all kinds of beachy good­ness! So find your per­fect beach chair, grab your um­brella drink, and let’s get started on the top 10 things that you’re sure to love about Dis­ney’s Old Key West Re­sort!


You can’t help but no­tice the enor­mous sand­cas­tle near Hos­pi­tal­ity House. This hosts a dry sauna at the light­house base and an in­cred­i­ble 125-foot long wa­ter­slide. Sand­cas­tle Pool, Old Key West’s main pool is 149,000 gal­lons of pure wa­ter fun! Lounge on the sandy beach area, re­lax in the whirlpool spa, or let the lit­tle ones splash in the kid­die pool. Old Tur­tle Pond, South Point, and Miller’s Road sec­tions also of­fer all-ages quiet pools and spas. Make sure to check out the dol­phins at the main pool!


For break­fast, lunch and din­ner, stop by Oliva’s Café. This Ta­ble Ser­vice restau­rant has

Is­land-in­spired fare in a nau­ti­cal set­ting. En­joy ba­nana bread French toast or crab cake eggs bene­dict (with de­li­cious lime hol­landaise) in the morn­ings, along with a full break­fast menu. Lunch’s must-try item is the Du­val Street Burger. This mouth­wa­ter­ing burger is topped with pep­per jack, grilled shrimp, and pico de gallo. And no din­ner is com­plete without conch frit­ters! Or­der them as an ap­pe­tizer be­fore a meal of South­ern­most Coun­try Fried Chicken or Is­land Bar­beque Pork Ribs.

The kids will want the Glow­ing Char­ac­ter Punch, served in a light-up Dis­ney char­ac­ter sou­venir cup. Grownups will want to try the Tur­tle Krawl, a de­li­cious com­bi­na­tion of co­conut, spice, and white rums with pineap­ple, or­ange, and key lime juices.


Mak­ing de­li­cious hot “schmoes” (as Buzz Lightyear would say) un­der the stars at Old Key West is a fan­tas­tic way to end a busy day of park hop­ping. Re­lax, un­wind, grab a hot choco­late, and en­joy the com­pany of your Re­sort neigh­bors while the fire crack­les.


By Sand­cas­tle Pool deck, watch your fa­vorite Dis­ney films for free! It’s an­other great way to wind down af­ter a long day. And if you’re re­ally lucky, you may even be able to catch a new re­lease or the new­est film not even out in the­aters yet! This is weather per­mit­ting and you can grab a list of movies and show­times from the Front Desk.


Old Key West has not one, but two game rooms! Fly­ing Fish and Elec­tric Eel—stocked with fam­ily-friendly video games. You’ll need to pur­chase a Game Card, pre­loaded with what­ever amount of cash you’d like. Reload the card as you see fit! Try your hand at rac­ing games, air hockey, and much more!


I know you love your fam­ily and friends, but some­times you just need your own space. Old Key West has the space you need, with Stu­dios as large as rooms at some of the Deluxe Re­sorts. One-bed­room vil­las sleep up to five, while a two-bed­room sleeps up to nine. The two-bed­room has one kid bed, two queens, a queen pull­out sleeper, and a twin sleeper-chair. With a gar­den tub, pri­vate porch, and full kitchen, it’s truly a home away from home.


Feel­ing a lit­tle com­pet­i­tive? There are plenty of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able for your friends and fam­ily. It may even be the chance to meet some new friends! Try your hand at beach vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball, ten­nis, and fish­ing.


Bike rentals and sur­rey bike rentals are both avail­able from Hank’s Rent ‘N Re­turn. I think ev­ery­one needs to try a sur­rey bike at least once in their life­time! This is a tes­ti­mony to team work and there is bound to be laugh­ter and mem­o­ries made. Sur­rey bikes can ac­com­mo­date two or four riders.


Conch Flatts Com­mu­nity Hall at Old Key West has lots of ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­tire fam­ily! Play com­pli­men­tary foos­ball, pool, video games, Ping-pong, and shuf­fle­board. You can also check out all the equip­ment you’ll need for ten­nis, vol­ley­ball, and bas­ket­ball. You may even check out DVDS and books to bring back to your Re­sort room.


Old Key West is the per­fect Re­sort if you’re cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion with a group of fam­ily and friends. The rooms are larger and Dis­ney of­fers In-room Cel­e­bra­tions com­plete with cakes, room dé­cor, and cus­tom­iz­a­ble gift bas­kets. Dis­ney’s Flo­ral and Gifts can also de­liver flow­ers and per­son­al­ized gifts with all your fa­vorite Dis­ney char­ac­ters.

Old Key West is the def­i­ni­tion of Florida cool! The cozy, com­fort­able at­mos­phere com­bined with de­li­cious din­ing op­tions will make this Re­sort worth vis­it­ing again and again. En­joy the sway­ing palms, tons of fam­ily fun, and cel­e­brate all things Florida! So grab your shades, the SPF, and lots of friends and fam­ily for your next stay at Dis­ney’s Old Key West.

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